Cabernet Sauvignon grows in many different countries, as well as in Italy, is originally from the region of Bordeaux in France. Its parents are said to be Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, hence the name. Today it has reached an enormous popularity throughout the World, both wine makers seem to love to make as do drinkers love to drink it.
In Italy it's it's considered a French grape variety even if it has grown on Italian soil for centuries. The origin of Cabernet Sauvignon in Tuscany goes back a few hundred years as it was imported by the prominent Medici family who planted it inside the walls of Barco Reale in Carmignano. In fact, Carmignano DOCG, a small area of great Tuscan wines, has in its original recipe a small part of Cabernet Sauvignon.
The most notorious Cab Sauv based wine is Sassicaia which has now obtained its own DOC status. It reaches sky-high prices and is considered by many Italy's top wine.
We feature small organic wine estate Montecalvi's tiny production of a Cab Sauv from a small vineyard outside Greve in Chianti, which is beautifully concentrated and representative of its terroir in style.
We feature Mantus, a lovely Merlot made in Montalcino by Maté.
So somehow we feel a bit like these grapes. Even though we live here, breathe the Tuscan air, respect the environment and accept the Tuscan ways, we'll probably always be considered foreigners just like these grapes that have however found a place for themselves and are well-respected. But neither us nor the grapes will ever be Tuscan - not even after hundreds of years of growing in Tuscan soil.
We love our Tuscan Foreigners just as much as we love the classical Tuscan wines made with native grapes. So some of these wines we'll send (or have already sent) to our happy wine club members. See more on http://www.tuscany-in-a-bottle.com